You are here

Straits Times Asian News

Subscribe to Straits Times Asian News feed Straits Times Asian News
The Straits Times - Get exclusive stories, in-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content about Singapore, Asia and the world.
Updated: 34 min 24 sec ago

Alarmed by Solomon Islands-China pact, New Zealand finds its voice on security

2 hours 2 min ago
May 17, 2022 8:04 AM

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand has long been seen as the moderate, even absent, voice on China in the "Five Eyes" western alliance, so much so that its commitment to the group was questioned just 12 months ago.

Categories: Asian News

After fires and floods, climate-conscious independents could determine Australian election

3 hours 24 min ago
May 17, 2022 6:42 AM

They are putting the government under pressure in key districts and potentially reshaping the country's political landscape.

Categories: Asian News

North Korea reports six more deaths from 'fever' amid Covid-19 outbreak

4 hours 7 min ago
May 17, 2022 5:58 AM

The country said it was ramping up the military distribution of medicines.

Categories: Asian News

Taliban dissolve Afghanistan's human rights commission, other key bodies

6 hours 8 min ago
May 17, 2022 3:57 AM

The authorities deemed them unnecessary in the face of a financial crunch.

Categories: Asian News

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka out of petrol, says PM Wickremesinghe

Mon, 2022-05-16 22:08
May 16, 2022 10:08 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Crisis-hit Sri Lanka has run out of petrol and is unable to find dollars to finance essential imports, the new prime minister said on Monday (May 16) in an address to the nation.

Categories: Asian News

Lacking vaccines, North Korea battles Covid-19 with antibiotics, home remedies

Mon, 2022-05-16 18:31
May 16, 2022 6:31 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Standing tall in bright red hazmat suits, five North Korean health workers stride towards an ambulance to do battle with a Covid-19 outbreak that - in the presumed absence of vaccines - the country is using antibiotics and home remedies to treat.

Categories: Asian News

A path of destruction and its political aftermath in Australia's Cobargo

Mon, 2022-05-16 15:24
May 16, 2022 3:24 PM

The inferno in 2019 was one of the most damaging of the "black summer" bush fires in Australia that killed 34.

Categories: Asian News

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka set for uneasy 'economic war Cabinet' ahead of new PM's first address

Mon, 2022-05-16 15:13
May 16, 2022 3:13 PM

Protesters remained camped outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's residence demanding that he resign.

Categories: Asian News

Sri Lanka stumbles towards its first default on foreign debt

Mon, 2022-05-16 14:27
May 16, 2022 2:27 PM

The island nation could be formally declared in default if it fails to make an interest payment before Wednesday.

Categories: Asian News

Old Xi speech on China front pages shows urgency to fix economy

Mon, 2022-05-16 14:03
May 16, 2022 2:03 PM

Mr Xi said China can't promote "welfarism."

Categories: Asian News

Australia's longest road tunnel to be built in Blue Mountains

Mon, 2022-05-16 13:40
May 16, 2022 1:40 PM

The 11km tunnel will stretch from Blackheath to Little Hartly, and reduce travel times by up to 30 minutes.

Categories: Asian News

South Korea President Yoon to support Biden's new economy grouping

Mon, 2022-05-16 12:07
May 16, 2022 12:07 PM

Yoon said his talks with Biden will include various economic security issues.

Categories: Asian News

In Indonesia, climate change takes a bite out of apple crops

Mon, 2022-05-16 11:35
May 16, 2022 11:35 AM

Prolonged rainy season and a rise in temperatures pose a serious threat to Indonesian apple farming.

Categories: Asian News

Shanghai aims for return to normal life from June 1

Mon, 2022-05-16 11:18
May 16, 2022 11:18 AM

The city will reopen supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies on Monday.

Categories: Asian News

South Korea turns to surveillance as 'ghost surgeries' shake faith in hospitals

Mon, 2022-05-16 10:46
May 16, 2022 10:46 AM

About five patients have died from ghost surgeries in the past eight years.

Categories: Asian News

How Australia saved thousands of lives while Covid-19 killed 1 million Americans

Mon, 2022-05-16 10:06
May 16, 2022 10:06 AM

If the US had the same Covid-19 death rate as Australia, about 900,000 lives would have been saved.

Categories: Asian News

Poor workers bear the brunt of India's heatwave

Mon, 2022-05-16 09:34
May 16, 2022 9:34 AM

Majority of poor workers, who generally work outdoors, are vulnerable to the scorching temperatures.

Categories: Asian News

Australia PM defends housing pitch as election campaign enters final week

Mon, 2022-05-16 09:19
May 16, 2022 9:19 AM

Scott Morrison puts housing at the forefront of his election campaign.

Categories: Asian News

New Zealand to speed up electric car adoption to cut emissions

Mon, 2022-05-16 09:14
May 16, 2022 9:14 AM

New Zealand seeks to phase out fossil fuels and play its role in mitigating global warming.

Categories: Asian News

New Zealand plans more digital skills investment to bridge gap

Mon, 2022-05-16 09:04
May 16, 2022 9:04 AM

The government will allocate NZ$20 million ($17.51 million) over four years from this week's budget.

Categories: Asian News